I think everyone would agree that Autumn is a beautiful season. The changing colours of leaves before they fall is a wonderful sight, but due to the nature of the process the leaves are undergoing, it is difficult to preserve them in all their glory. One method is to press autumn leaves, today we are exploring another really simple one – preserving them in wax.
This really is a fun and simple way to preserve leaves. As well as collecting your leaves you will need some wax, a container to melt it in, and somewhere to hang your leaves to allow them to dry.
We melted our wax in a double boiler, you could also do this in a bowl over simmering water. Please ensure you do this safely, bearing in mind that wax ignites easily! It is important to note that it is not safe to melt wax in a microwave or leave melting wax unattended.
We found dipping our leaves quickly into the hot wax avoided them wilting, and allowed us to capture their beauty at that particular moment in time. The wax only takes a few minutes to set on the leaves, but during this time it will leave marks if they touch anything, so we devised a drying frame to leave ours to dry in safely.